Top 5 Games That No-Showed E3 2017
With E3 2017 officially in the history books, it’s fair to say that it was a pretty underwhelming show compared to the previous ones, mainly due to the lack of major surprises and blockbuster announcements. Apart from a handful of reveals, the reception to most of the announcements and reveals have been lukewarm at best. Prior to the event, gamers eagerly looked forward to news regarding some of the most awaited titles. Though E3 delivered on some of those titles, there were a bunch ofgames that no-showed the event, leaving many a gamer quite disappointed. Most of these games have been previously announced, while some were rumored to be announced in this year’s E3. The absence of many big titles points to the diminishing influence of E3 on the gaming world, with other gaming shows like The Game Awards, PlayStation Experience, Gamescom etc. starting to get equal importance from both the gamers and the developers for game reveals. Here are the top 5 games that are no-showed at E3 2017.
At the time of release, the first Shenmue game by Sega on the Dreamcaster in 1999 and Shenmue II on the Xbox in 2001 was way ahead of its time. The most expensive game at the time, with the first open-world 3D environment including elements of role-playing, life simulation and social simulation games, such as a day-and-night system, variable weather effects, non-player characters with daily schedules, and interactive elements such as vending machines, arcades, and mini-games, Shenmue set the standard for future sandbox games like GTA, Fallout, Yakuza etc. to follow.
Though it was a commercial failure, Shenmue series gathered quite a cult following in the gaming community. Shenmue III was announced in E3 2015 as a Kickstarter campaign. Shenmue’s writer, director and producer Yu Suzuki managed to raise the initial target of $2 million USD in eight hours with the campaign raising up to $6 million USD by July 2015 making Shenmue III the highest-funded video game in Kickstarter history. Initially scheduled to release in early 2018, Shenmue fans eagerly awaited its reveal in this year’s E3 only to be disappointed by Suzuki stating that Shenmue III won’t be appearing in E3 2017, followed by the announcement that the release date has been pushed to late 2018. Next year’s E3 looks the mostly likely destination for the long-awaited appearance of Shenmue III.
BATMAN: ARKHAM INSURGENCY
Though never officially confirmed or acknowledged by Warner Bros, rumors of a new Arkham game have been doing rounds since the release of Arkham Knight. These rumors peaked and caught the attention of gamers in February 2017, thanks to a massive leak from a Warner Bros employee on Reddit (the post has since been removed). The leaks revealed various details of game such as WB Montreal being the developers rather than Rocksteady and that the game is a sequel to Arkham Origins, also developed by WB Montreal. With E3 2017 a few months away, gamers eagerly awaited the official announcement of the game at the event, but it never came. At this point it is unclear if and when WB will announce the next installment to the acclaimed Arkham series. This leaves fans hopelessly waiting to don the bat-suit once again and sucker punch bad guys right in the face.
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LAST OF US PART II
Though Naughty Dog had a valid reason to leave out Last of Us Part II from this year’s E3 due to the fact that Uncharted: Lost Legacy releases in August this year, it nevertheless caused disappointment among gamers. Last of Us Part II’s surprise reveal trailer at PSX 2016 was met with a great response and in turn stole the show. This led to fans expecting to see more of Ellie and Joel at this year’s E3. While we received new looks at God of War, Marvel Spider-Man, Days Gone, Uncharted and more at Sony’s E3 2017 press conference, The Last of Us Part II from Naughty Dog was noticeably absent with the explanation coming from Last of Us director Neil Druckmann: “Believe me, we’re super excited to show you more of Ellie and Joel’s 2nd journey, but right now it’s Chloe and Nadine’s time to shine”. With the release date set to be early 2019, we might not see more of Ellie and Joel at least until PSX 2017 later this year or even until next year’s E3.
RED DEAD REDEMPTION 2
Rockstar released the trailer to Red Dead Redemption 2 in October 2016, with the release date set for Fall 2017. This lead many gamers to believe they’ll see more of Red Dead Redemption 2 at this year’s E3. However, Rockstar has since confirmed that the game won’t in fact release in 2017, with the actual release date kept under wraps. Though Rockstar rarely makes an appearance in E3, fans nevertheless hoped for more news on the game during the event. It never came. With Rockstar seemingly having outgrown gaming expos, expect them to release more Red Dead Redemption 2 footage on the internet on a random day this year.
After a lengthy corporate conflict with Konami as a restricted subsidiary, Kojima Productions reformed as an independent video game developer and studio with “Death Stranding” announced as their first project. The world was shocked to see the trailer starring Norman Reedus at last year’s E3. This was followed by another trailer at TGA 2016 in December, this time starring Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen. The trailers blew the audience away but little detail have emerged regarding how the game looks or plays. With a talented cast of Norman Reedus and Mads Mikkelsen and the brilliant brain of Kojima spearheading the project, fans waited eagerly to see more of the game. Though Hideo Kojima announced beforehand that the game will not be appearing in this year’s E3, gamers nevertheless hoped for a surprise appearance at the event only to be left disappointed. Given Kojima revealed the release date to be in early 2019, expect to see more of the game over the course of 2018 favourably at E3 2018.